Toyota has already begun building an electric vehicle prototype using Tesla’s battery technology confirms company CEO Akio Toyoda. The comments were made during a meeting with journalists in Nagoya, Japan.
That news does not, however, mean that a production EV will make it to market combining Tesla’s innovation and Toyota’s reputation for quality and its ability to mass-produce vehicles. Both Toyoda and executive vice president Shinichi Sasaki commented that Toyota wants to compare Tesla’s technology against its own – which is supplied by Panasonic.
Tesla has proved that its system does work capably in the real world, but as none of the Tesla Roadsters have been tested for significant time and most are driven in less-harsh climates then the long term and real-world viability of the system has yet to be seen.
[Source: Autoblog Green]